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Change happens

October 1, 2014 9:42 am

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The digital media industry is changing rapidly.

Autumn in the United States brings college football, brilliant foliage and change. The weather gets a little cooler, school resumes and we carefully hoard nice days knowing that the snow could fly tomorrow.

We move indoors, resume routines of past autumns and, invariably, watch more TV.

Like most Baby Boomers, my TV habits have changed. I watch more shows off the DVR, and more fare from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video than I’d ever have believed I would.

It’s likely more than operators and broadcasters would have believed, too… until recently.

As John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

At IBC last month, I saw a lot of TV and service provider executives looking into the future, even as they sometimes clung to the past. The mood in Amsterdam was set during the first keynote, when Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine, said he believed all-IP delivered TV was just around the corner, less than 2 years away. Of course, during the Q&A, an audience member offered that a Finnish operator already was live-streaming four channels.

U.K. public broadcaster Ch. 4, meanwhile, suggested broadcasters that tried to separate their linear brand from their online brands were doing more harm than good, and revealed its own plans to merge on-demand and linear offerings into “All 4,” an online hub offering its 4oD on demand service and all of its TV networks.

“All in one place, designed from the ground up,” said its CEO David Abraham.

Ah, change.

Hardware continues to get smaller, TV screens continue to get bigger, and the traditional TV audience continues to shrink, or to at least move like a river from one screen to another.

Mobile — as Ooyala’s just released Q2 2014 Video Index showed — continues to grow, increasingly becoming the first screen, especially among younger viewers. More than 25% of all video views in the quarter were on mobile devices.

Mobile devices remain the future. A report from the United Nations forecast that 50% of the world would have access to broadband by 2017, calling mobile broadband specifically the “fastest growing technology in human history.”

The Video Index, by the way, found that most viewing of long-form content was still done on the biggest screens available, televisions.

While that may be true now, how long before bigger mobile screens, like the new iPhone 6 Plus, start to erode that number as well?

Sooner, I think, than we’ll admit to, or even realize.

As C.S. Lewis wrote, “Isn’t it funny how, day-by-day, nothing changes… but, when you look back everything is different?”

Indeed.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks to Charlie Rose about TV and why he bought Beats

September 12, 2014 4:09 pm

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Need to hear more from Tim Cook after this week’s new iPhone and Watch event? Charlie Rose will air a two-part interview with the Apple CEO tonight and Monday, and excerpts posted to YouTube point to a few popular topics about the company. Cook discusses his company’s purchase of Beats by pointing out the brand Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre were able to build, and their recognition of the human element in putting together playlists. In another clip, he continues the longstanding tradition of pointing out how ancient and backwards the TV experience still is, and that Apple is interested in it (we’ll reference our advice from 2012 on how to handle these rumors) — without revealing anything about plans to actually enter the market or adjust the approach of its Apple TV box. You can view the clips embedded after the break, and the first part of the interview tonight (likely at 11PM) on your local PBS affiliate.

Filed under: Cellphones, Home Entertainment, HD, Mobile, Apple

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Source: Charlie Rose (YouTube)

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Verizon set to offer virtual pay-TV play by mid-2015

September 12, 2014 1:14 am

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Verizon will soon offer a virtual pay-TV play

Verizon’s acquisition of Intel’s OnCue Internet TV unit looks like it’s a bet that’ll pay off after all. CEO Lowell McAdam yesterday told an audience at the Goldman Sach’s Communicopia Conference that the telecom plans to introduce a virtual pay-TV play by the middle of next year.

“Over-the-top video is right around the corner,” McAdam said. “We’ve got the assets in place, and I don’t feel we need an awful lot more.”

McAdam said there would be an on-demand component to the new service, a la Netflix and Amazon, but said Verizon also would multicast live channels from broadcasters as well as major sporting events.

In addition to having most of the technology nearly ready to roll, McAdams also said the carrier had been successfully negotiating with studios to license content, something that has been seen as a stumbling block in the past. Discussions with content owners, he said, have “moved from almost a stiff arm to much more of an embrace,” adding that “over the last six months to a year, that dialogue is changing dramatically.”

And, he said, the service likely would offer smaller, consumer-managed packages of channels, a bow to a la carte programming that also has been much discussed.

“No one wants to have 300 channels on your wireless device,” he said. “I think everyone understands that it will go to a la carte. The question is what does that transition look like.”

The market is changing rapidly, he said, and it’s crucial that operators respond now.

“I don’t think there is anyone that would stand up here and say the only way (TV) is going to be offered five years from now is linear and it’s going to be tied to your TV set,” McAdam said. “Because, frankly, they will miss the market and they will be the ones left behind.”

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Podcast: Tom Leighton on Danny Lewin, Akamai’s Security Goals

September 9, 2014 4:00 am

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Last year I launched the Akamai Security Podcast. Episode 1 was an interview with Akamai CEO Tom Leighton, who discussed the legacy of Co-Founder Danny Lewin, Akamai’s role on 9-11-01, and his vision of Akamai as a major player in the security industry. This week being the anniversary of 9-11, it seems appropriate to re-share.

Listen HERE.

Related content:

9-11 Anniversary: Danny Lewin’s Life and Legacy
Internet Security Central To Danny Lewin’s Legacy

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Rackspace::Solve New York: How Under Armour Solves For Rapid Ecommerce Growth

September 8, 2014 2:00 pm

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By Brian McManus, Senior Director of Technology, Under Armour

When Under Armour started, we had just four web servers and a database server. Back then we were called KP Sports – named after our founder and CEO Kevin Plank.

We grew. And we grew quickly. We needed infrastructure – and a partner — that supported not only our ecommerce site’s high traffic (especially during seasonal spikes or a Super Bowl commercial) but also one that was always up and could grow right alongside us.

The Under Armour/Rackspace story is built on nearly a decade of growing together. When we signed on with Rackspace, we were a small startup making and shipping shirts. Rackspace was a scrappy hosting upstart. Together, we’ve grown in our respective industries and with each other. At Under Armour we’ve doubled-down with Rackspace because of our similar paths and cultures. We have parallel stories and our businesses are each built on doing the right thing for our customers.

Our journey from four servers to 200 is a testament to the foundation we’ve built on Rackspace. And we know Rackspace will be there for us to support our future growth and ensure we can continue to scale to meet increasing demands in the ultra-competitive ecommerce world.

Want to hear more about how Under Armour works with Rackspace to solve for high-demand ecommerce and growth? Brian McManus, senior director of technology at Under Armour will present at Rackspace::Solve New York, a one-day summit where you’ll hear directly from companies like Under Armour about how they’re solving tough challenges in their businesses. Rackspace::Solve New York is Thursday, September 18 at Cipriani Wall Street.

Register now for Rackspace::Solve New York.

And stay tuned for details of the next Rackspace::Solve event in Chicago.

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GM looks back to the future for new Cadillacs that (almost) drive themselves

September 7, 2014 2:15 pm

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We’ve talked a lot about autonomous driving developments like Google’s self-driving car, but today in Detroit GM CEO Mary Barra is announcing her company’s push to put similar technology in cars we can actually buy. Two years from now, Cadillac will launch an all-new car with its “Super Cruise” technology that not only holds your speed, but uses sensors to keep it in the middle of the lane, and can brake if necessary. We’ve ridden in a demo vehicle that could even steer to avoid obstacles, but what’s coming is more limited (likely because of legal and insurance questions that have yet to be answered), and says it will provide comfort to “an attentive driver” — hopefully with enough leeway for us to snap an in-traffic selfie or two. %Gallery-slideshow220733%

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Will Showtime offer a direct-to-consumer streaming option? Count on it

September 5, 2014 12:28 am

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Could Showtime be going direct to consumers?

Is Showtime pondering a direct-to-consumer online service? The question might better be put as, “What content owner isn’t?”

At Thursday’s Nomura Digital Media Conference in New York, CBS COO Joseph Ianniello – either foreshadowing the future or just rattling pay-TV operator’s cages — said there was nothing in its contracts with service providers that “restricts us from doing something direct to consumer.”

Mind you, Ianniello didn’t say the premium cable channel was planning to offer a Netflix-like service that would be more appealing to cord cutters and cord nevers, just that it could.

The lure, of course, is the 10 million U.S. broadband households that don’t subscribe to pay-TV, a number that is climbing as U.S. pay-TV penetration continues to drop, many of them from the attractive Millennial demographic.

His statement generated a lot of hubbub, as it should,

For years, industry wags have shot down the notion of a la carte as something broadcast and cable networks wouldn’t be willing to do because of the lucrative carriage fees they get from operators.

But Showtime isn’t the only content owner that apparently is looking to transition into a different business model, or at the very least to cover all the bases as the industry’s business model continues to evolve.

HBO continues its limited experiment offering an SVOD version of HBOGo to some Comcast Broadband only subscribers, even as rumors of an expanded over-the-top HBOGo surface following Time Warner’s rejection of 21st Century Fox’s takeover bid last month.

HBO CEO Richard Plepler in January also raised the specter of an online offering, telling Buzz Feed “If the (pay-TV) arithmetic changes and the arithmetic makes sense in a different way, we are not going to be caught without the ability to pivot.”

And, there’s been plenty of babble surrounding Dish Network’s intentions to roll out an online TV offering, possibly by the end of the year. That product, which CEO Charlie Ergen has championed, would include content from Disney properties including ESPN and ABC. (See related stories: Dish’s $30 OTT deal a loss leader that will bring in subs, draw Millennials; Dish-Disney deal keeps on giving, as Dish subs get more content; Dish talks with content owners could launch Internet TV service in 2014.)

Launching Showtime over the top might be a very successful play.

The network has a bunch of big titles, “Homeland,” “Ray Donovan,” and “Masters of Sex,” for example, as well as a catalog of older hit series.

Even with that programming clout, it’s only in “less than 20% of U.S. households,” Ianniello pointed out.

Is that the kind of thing a man with no OTT plans would mention?

Ianniello has always been a big fan of the dollars Showtime and CBS have brought in from OTT licensing revenue to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and others.

Will the future offer an even bigger stream of cash from delivering content online?

Count on it.

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Rackspace::Solve New York: How SumAll Solves For Big Data, Scale

September 4, 2014 1:30 pm

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By Dane Atkinson, CEO, SumAll

Since we formed SumAll in May 2011, we’ve crunched over 4 terabytes of data, and that’s growing at a rate of about 30 percent per month. We track more than $4 billion in revenue, 290 billion social actions and 190 billion sites for more than 250,000 businesses (we expect that to hit a million next year).

We’re seeing 1,000 percent growth per year.

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Our growth is based on a simple premise: offer a real-time analytics platform for marketers, businesses and entrepreneurs to gain meaningful insights from data by collecting it into a single place. Whether it’s data from Facebook, Google, PayPal, Stripe, Amazon or Twitter; we present it in a simple, tangible way for our users to digest it and make intelligent decisions based on it.

Our platform is built on ObjectRocket and Rackspace, and they’ve helped us not only solve the big data challenges we face, but also scale so when we hit that million-customer mark we can seamlessly accommodate it.

Rackspace makes us feel like we’re not standing alone. Rackspace is the specialist we need to help us grow and solve the challenges we face.

Want to hear more about how SumAll solves for big data and scale? Dane Atkinson, CEO of SumAll will present at Rackspace::Solve New York, a one-day summit where you’ll hear directly from companies like SumAll about how they’re solving tough challenges in their businesses. Rackspace::Solve New York is Thursday, September 18 at Cipriani Wall Street.

Register now for Rackspace::Solve New York.

And stay tuned for details of the next Rackspace::Solve event in Chicago.

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Brightcove Takes On Hyperlapse

September 3, 2014 8:44 am

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Excitement was abound across the Brightcove offices last week for the release of Instagram’s new app, Hyperlapse. It’s no surprise that video is close to all of our hearts, but CEO David Mendels made it that much more exciting by adding in an element of friendly competition.

By combining our love of video with our love of Brightcove’s culture, the mission was settled: whoever created the coolest Hyperlapse video that showcased Brightcove’s offices, culture, and spirit would be deemed winner and, along with the glory and bragging rights, would be the new owner of an xBox One. A time limit of 24 hours created some fierce competition, but a single winner emerged.

Director of Operations, Aaron Jeskey, prevailed with the winning video that included an inside look at our Boston office, some slip-and-slide action, and the hidden snacks in the freezer. What do you think?

If you like cake, unicorns, ping pong, elevators, or jousting, you might like this selection of contending videos:


Think you could fit in with us at Brightcove? We’re always looking for game changers to join our winning team. Check out our current openings.

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The Business of Live Video Streaming

September 2, 2014 9:47 am

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Last week, Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable discussed the business of live streaming in the enterprise and how the marketplace is projected to grow in the next few years. Watch the recording of the Fox Business interview here. Also, download our white paper and learn how to integrate live video into your communication strategy.

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The Potential of Live Video Streaming in the Marketplace

September 2, 2014 9:33 am

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In a recent interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers”, Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable discussed the business of live video streaming and enterprise opportunities. Watch the recorded interview here. Also, download our white paper and learn how to integrate live video into your communication strategy.

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What Happens When IoT And WebRTC Meet?

August 25, 2014 9:51 am

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“When IoT meets WebRTC, they could become a dynamic duo.” When Ahmad Moradi, Chairman and CEO of NetStairs, said the above line on one of his LinkedIn posts, it was music to my ears. At Influxis, we’ve been doing various … Continued

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August 19, 2014 5:50 pm

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It’s no secret that technology is redefining the workplace as we know it. The rate at which the tech industry is evolving forces businesses to adapt or risk being left behind. Check out Sprint’s exclusive interview with Ustream CEO, Brad Hunstable, and learn more about how technology is disrupting the way people work.

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Why Video Is the Real King

August 8, 2014 6:05 am

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If “content is king,” then video is the king of content. As if television and movies weren’t enough, almost 200M Americans (roughly 60% of the population) also watch online videos, and the average number of videos watched per person hovers somewhere north of a staggering 300 per month. As demand for video content has been … Continue reading ?

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Comcast’s claim that LTE competes with cable modems is ‘a little bit of a stretch,’ says Verizon Wireless CEO

August 4, 2014 9:02 pm

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In a discussion with reporters today, Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead hedged Comcast’s claims that LTE is a viable competitor to traditional landline cable modems. Anyone who uses both knows that it’s a ridiculous argument — LTE service is usually slower, less consistent, and comes with deeply restrictive data caps — but Comcast has been leaning on it as a supposed example of why competition is healthy in the broadband internet market. The end goal for the cable giant is to convince regulators that there’s enough competition in high-speed internet service that its pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable won’t create a monopoly or have a serious impact on consumer choice.

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Rackspace::Solve SF: Docker CEO On The Future of Applications [Video]

August 4, 2014 5:00 pm

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At Rackspace::Solve San Francisco last week, Docker CEO Ben Golub took the stage to discuss the future of applications. In his talk, Golub drilled into how Docker uses container technology to change the way developers build, ship and run applications and how that can reduce the time it takes developers to launch apps from weeks to minutes.

Here is video of Golub’s full Rackspace::Solve presentation:

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Rackspace::Solve San Francisco was the first of three one-day summits that showcased how companies are overcoming the toughest challenges in their businesses and for their customers. Rackspace::Solve events are currently scheduled for September 18 in New York City and October 20 in Chicago. Registration is open now.

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Beats is now officially part of Apple

August 1, 2014 2:27 pm

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Beats Electronics is now part of Apple’s family. Both companies today published statements on their respective websites essentially confirming that the $3 billion acquisition announced in May is already complete. “Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do,” Apple said. “Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music.” CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter with his own messaging welcoming Dre, Iovine, Luke Wood, Ian Rogers, and other Beats employees to Apple.

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New NAB CEO shakes up executive

August 1, 2014 12:11 am

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Newly appointed National Australia Bank Limited (ASX:NAB) chief Andrew Thorburn announces new executive leadership team. 01/08/14.

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